Crushing On: King Fish Sashimi (Palate Cleanser); Twice cooked pork belly; Eight score sher wagyu beef
Crush Level: 4/5
Date of Visit: 28/07/2015
So, back in July, my sister and I were treated by her friends to dine at Ezard. Ezard is a fine dining restaurant located in the basement of Adelphi Hotel, which is also the home of Om Nom Dessert Bar. Since 2012, the restaurant that is owned by Teage Ezard, has won several awards including The Age Good Food Guide Awards.
The interior of the restaurant is luxuriously elegant, and the staffs was extremely professional. As we have never been to the place before, they explained the menu and thoroughly.
Complimentary Bread with 3 spices and 1 sauce
Like in other fine dining restaurants, they also serve a complimentary bread for each of us. It came with an olive oil sauce that had already been infused with garlic and parmesan, and 3 spices: peppercorn (brown), rock-salt (white), and bonito&wakame&sesame flakes.
Palate Cleanser: Kingfish Sashimi, sesame, & curd
It was like eating a piece of fish that was swimming in the middle of a fresh lemon ocean. It’s like my taste bud was being purified. Brilliant!
Twice cooked pork belly, mustard glaze, black pudding, apple, celeriac, and fennel pollen ($28)
The skin was incredibly crisp, paired with the tender meat and distinct flavor of the seasoning. It was tantalizing.
Steamed spanner crab dumplings, Yarra Valley salmon roe, chervil, coconut tom kha ($31)
This was my sister’s friends’ dish, and they said it was delightful.
Chinese style duck breast, taro dumplings, sichuan peppered yellow bean dressing, asian herb salad ($52)
Although the Sichuan sauce was not that powerful, the duck breast was remarkably delicate. Moreover, the taro dumplings were game changers. It was crunchy but fluffy in the inside.
I was tempted to crush the sugar swirl but for beauty purpose I decided to control myself and let it live. The ice cream itself was a little bit sugary, but the texture was awesomely smooth and velvety.
• Poached Pear
It was fruity and crisp, but it did not entertain me.
• Poppy-seed cake
Another sweet treat. The cake was a little bit hard when I tried to slice it using my spoon. However, it was easily chewed.
Although some of the desserts did not captivate me, overall, the food was striking. In addition, I love the fact that the staffs were astoundingly competent in doing their job. I would be glad to try some other menus in the future.
Address: Shop 1, 29-31 Scott Street, Elwood, Melbourne, VIC
Opening Hours: Fri (7:30 AM to 9 AM), Sat (8 AM to 9:30 AM),
Sun (8 AM to 9:30 AM)
Staff: Super Friendly!
Crushing On: Ham & Gruyere, Twice Baked Almond
Crush Level: 4.5/5
Date Of Visit: 31/07/2015
Had to wake up at 4.30 AM and wait in the cold for 2 hours. BUT! My hardwork was literally paid off. Each person can only buy 6 pastries and my sister and I opted for the ham & gruyere, danish, croissant, choc almond, cruffin pb&j, and twice baked almond. They are alllllllll scrumptious! How can a croissant be so crisp and fluffy at the same time?
If you are waiting in the cold, don't refuse when they ask you to order the hot chocolate because it is as fluttering as the croissants! I also heard they are moving soon. I hope they keep their Parisian concept at the new Fitzroy store.
Shandong Mama is a dumpling specialist restaurant located in the Chinatown area to be precise it is situated inside the Midcity Arcade. I was surprised to see that the restaurant was fully packed of customers even though it was a 6PM on a Thursday night. Luckily, my university friends and I do not need to wait for a table in more than 10 minutes.
Dillicious Pork Fried Dumplings ($13.80)
The dill dominated the dish. The flavor was quite strong and the pork was gratifyingly tender. However, some of the dumplings were burnt so we could taste a little bit of bitterness.
Fish Dumplings Boiled ($15.80)
The dumplings’ skin was a bit too thick and even though the filling was good, it lacked a little bit of punch.
Scallion & Egg Pancake ($7.80)
The pancake was full of grease and salt. Not to my liking at all.
Eight Treasures Tea ($3/person)
The tea was warm and hydrating. Good enough to wash away the oil from the pancake.
Everyone has his or her own opinion. For me, Shandong Mama is certainly not the best place for dumplings. The service was great but the food was a little disappointing. It was enjoyable but it did not really stand out.
Tempura Hajime is a Japanese restaurant located in South Melbourne, to be more precise, it was 2-3 minutes walk from tram stop 20-Domain Interchange. The restaurant was secluded and anyone could possibly miss the hidden nameplate. Every single day (except Monday and Sunday), they only serve 12 people maximum for each seating (lunch and/or dinner) due to the limited space and also there are only 1 chef and 2 waitresses serving the guests.
I came there with my high school friends, J and S, during dinner. We could see that all the seats available were fully occupied. We decided on the $98 tempura and sushi set (10pcs of tempura) and we decided not to consume any alcohol so we could study till late (we had our final exams at that time). It’s surprising that the waitress told me to not take any picture of the interior but I was glad that I could still take a picture of the food.
As the restaurant is specializes in tempura, all the tempura here was prepared by 1 chef and served fresh and hot individually.
The fishes tasted fresh and mild. A good appetizer.
It was light and seasoned adequately.
Before we get into the tempura, these are the condiments:
You can dip it in any condiments, but I usually mix the radish and the soy sauce and dip it lightly there.
Corn + Asparagus Tempura
Despite the crunch, the asparagus remained delicate. The corn, on the other hand, delivered a fresh and sweet flavor. You know a chef had an admirable skill when he or she manages to cook asparagus without making it rocklike.
Tender and chewy with textural crunch. I almost forgot to take a pic hahaha. In fact, I already bit a little of the tip.
Sweet Potato (No Pict)
Sweet and subtle.
After that we were given some seaweed salad. The sad thing was the tiny portion of seaweed that it had. Although, the dressing sauce was perfectly invigorating.
Scallop + Sea Urchin
I was happy that it was not hard-bitten and fishy.
Tuna Avocado Roll
Creative but I don’t think I would like to eat more of it. I just don’t like the combination.
Zucchini Spicy Tuna
The zucchini complimented the kicking flavor of the tuna.
Mushroom and Mashed Prawn
Splendidly spongy! My most favorite!
Black Currant Shot (No Alcohol)
A sweet refreshment before we move on to the sushi platter.
The rice was not crumbly, that means the rice was freshly prepared. I like everything on the plate. It had a true Japanese taste. The egg had the restaurant name printed on it. Beautiful!
Yoghurt - Moscato Pudding Jelly
Both ingredients were heavy and they clashed with each other. The pudding had too much creaminess or thickness going on. Not a foolproof dessert. I hope they can serve something lighter.
The tempura was lightly battered so they did not look like a vegetable or a prawn that was soaked into too much flour, and they were not greasy at all despite the crisp. The idea of serving only 12 guests per night is absolutely brilliant. It helps to make sure the chef brings out his skill in preparing fresh and comfortably hot tempura(s). The price was expensive but it was payoff by the delightful meal that we had.